US embassy cable - 96ISLAMABAD8055 (original version)

AFGHANISTAN: TALIBAN ASSERTS "ARABS" HAVE FLED TRAINING CAMPS; BIN LADEN'S WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN (original version)

Identifier: 96ISLAMABAD8055
Wikileaks: View 96ISLAMABAD8055 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Islamabad
Created: 1996-09-19 12:41:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER PGOV MOPS KISL PREL PK AF
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O 191241Z SEP 96
FM AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2061
INFO AMCONSUL PESHAWAR PRIORITY 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT 
AMEMBASSY LONDON 
AMEMBASSY PARIS 
AMEMBASSY ROME 
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 
AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 
AMEMBASSY BISHKEK 
AMEMBASSY ALMATY 
AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT 
AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE 
AMEMBASSY BONN 
DIA WASHDC
AMEMBASSY ANKARA 
USIA WASHDC 5810
AMEMBASSY RIYADH 
C O N F I D E N T I A L ISLAMABAD 008055 
 
DEPT FOR SA/PAB, S/CT, AND EUR/CEN; USIA FOR NEA; LONDON 
FOR POL - TUELLER; PARIS FOR POL - ALLEGRONE; ROME FOR 
POL - NDEMPSEY 
 
E.O. 12958:  DECL:  9/19/06 
TAGS:  PTER, PGOV, MOPS, KISL, PREL, PK, AF 
SUBJECT:  AFGHANISTAN:  TALIBAN ASSERTS "ARABS" HAVE FLED 
TRAINING CAMPS; BIN LADEN'S WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN 
 
REF:  ISLAMABAD 7813 
 
 
1.  (U) CLASSIFIED BY POLITICAL COUNSELOR TOM PRICE. 
REASON: 1.5 (D). 
 
2.  (C) SUMMARY:  THE TALIBAN'S DEPUTY FOREIGN AFFAIR'S 
ADVISER TOLD POLOFF AND AARMA ON SEPTEMBER 18 THAT THE 
TALIBAN HAD SEIZED HEKMATYAR/SAYYAF TRAINING CAMPS IN 
PAKTIA PROVINCE.  HE NOTED THAT THE "ARAB" OCCUPANTS OF 
THE CAMPS HAD FLED, AND HE DID NOT KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS 
OF OSAMA BIN LADEN.  SEPTEMBER 19 PRESS REPORTS STATE 
THAT 107 "PAKISTANIS" RECEIVING MILITARY TRAINING IN THE 
KHOST AREA OF AFGHANISTAN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AFTER 
ENTERING PAKISTAN.  END SUMMARY. 
 
3.  (C) IN A MEETING WITH POLOFF AND AARMA ON SEPTEMBER 
18, MULLAH ABDUL JALIL, THE TALIBAN'S DEPUTY FOREIGN 
AFFAIR'S ADVISER, SAID THE TALIBAN CAPTURED TRAINING 
CAMPS RUN BY THE HEKMATYAR AND SAYYAF FACTIONS DURING 
THEIR SEIZURE OF PAKTIA PROVINCE IN LATE AUGUST AND EARLY 
SEPTEMBER.  HE ASSERTED THAT THE CAMPS CONTAINED LARGE 
AMOUNTS OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. 
 
4.  (C) JALIL CLAIMED THAT ALL OF THE "ARABS" BEING 
TRAINED IN THESE CAMPS HAVE FLED TO AREAS CONTROLLED BY 
THE KABUL REGIME.  ASKED ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF SAUDI 
FINANCIER OSAMA BIN LADEN, HE RESPONDED THAT HE DID NOT 
KNOW, BUT HE WAS NOT IN AREAS CONTROLLED BY THE TALIBAN. 
 
5.  (C) POLOFF AND AARMA URGED JALIL TO ENSURE THAT THE 
TALIBAN TAKES MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THESE CAMPS ARE NOT 
REACTIVATED AND THAT NO FORM OF "SAFE HAVEN" IS EXTENDED 
TO TERRORISTS.  IN ADDITION, POLOFF AND AARMA EMPHASIZED 
THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE TALIBAN PUT OUT THE WORD 
THAT OSAMA BIN LADEN'S PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN IS NOT 
WANTED.  JALIL REPLIED THAT THE TALIBAN DID NOT SUPPORT 
TERRORISM IN ANY FORM AND WOULD NOT PROVIDE REFUGE TO 
OSAMA BIN LADEN. 
 
6.  (C) SEPTEMBER 19 PAKISTANI PRESS REPORTS STATE THAT 
"AS MANY AS 107 PAKISTANIS WHO WERE RECEIVING MILITARY 
TRAINING AT TWO CAMPS IN AFGHANISTAN'S KHOST PROVINCE 
WERE CAUGHT ON THE PAKISTAN-AFGHAN BORDER WHILE RETURNING 
HOME AFTER THE SEIZURE OF THEIR CAMPS BY THE TALIBAN." 
ACCORDING TO THE ARTICLES, THE GOP BORDER FORCES TOOK 
THOSE ARRESTED TO DERA ISMAIL KHAN PRISON IN NORTH 
WAZIRSTAN AGENCY. 
 
7.  (C) COMMENT:  JALIL MADE ALL THE RIGHT SOUNDS 
CONCERNING TERRORISM, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DRIVE 
COUNTERTERRORISM POINTS HOME IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE 
TALIBAN.  WE HAVE NO INDEPENDENT CONFIRMATION OF THE 
PAKISTANI PRESS REPORTS CITED IN PARA FIVE, BUT INTERIOR 
MINISTER BABAR TOLD THE DCM ON SEPTEMBER 12 THAT HE HAD 
ISSUED AN ORDER TO GOP BORDER FORCES TO ARREST TERRORISTS 
IF THEY TRIED TO ENTER PAKISTAN (REFTEL). 
 
 
SIMONS 

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